Job 30:31
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New International Version
My lyre is tuned to mourning, and my pipe to the sound of wailing.

King James Bible
My harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of them that weep.

Darby Bible Translation
My harp also is [turned] to mourning, and my pipe into the voice of weepers.

World English Bible
Therefore my harp has turned to mourning, and my pipe into the voice of those who weep.

Young's Literal Translation
And my harp doth become mourning, And my organ the sound of weeping.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

My harp also is turned to mourning - Instead of the harp, my only music is my own plaintive cries.

And my organ - What the עגב uggab was, we know not; it was most probably some sort of pipe or wind instrument. His harp, כנור kinnor, and his pipe, עגב uggab, were equally mute, or only used for mournful ditties.

This chapter is full of the most painful and pathetic sorrow; but nevertheless tempered with a calmness and humiliation of spirit, which did not appear in Job's lamentations previously to the time in which he had that remarkable revelation mentioned in the nineteenth chapter. (Job 19:25) After he was assured that his Redeemer was the living God, he submitted to his dispensations, kissed the rod, and mourned not without hope, though in deep distress, occasioned by his unremitting sufferings. If the groaning of Job was great, his stroke was certainly heavy.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Psalm 137:1-4 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yes, we wept, when we remembered Zion...

Ecclesiastes 3:4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

Isaiah 21:4 My heart panted, fearfulness affrighted me: the night of my pleasure has he turned into fear to me.

Isaiah 22:12 And in that day did the Lord GOD of hosts call to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth:

Isaiah 24:7-9 The new wine mourns, the vine languishes, all the merry hearted do sigh...

Lamentations 5:15 The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into mourning.

Daniel 6:18 Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of music brought before him...

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Christian Sympathy
Job, in his great indignation at the shameful accusation of unkindness to the needy, pours forth the following very solemn imprecation--"If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail; or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten thereof; if I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without covering; if his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep; if I have lifted up my
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 8: 1863

Of Confession of Our Infirmity and of the Miseries of this Life
I will acknowledge my sin unto Thee;(1) I will confess to Thee, Lord, my infirmity. It is often a small thing which casteth me down and maketh me sad. I resolve that I will act bravely, but when a little temptation cometh, immediately I am in a great strait. Wonderfully small sometimes is the matter whence a grievous temptation cometh, and whilst I imagine myself safe for a little space; when I am not considering, I find myself often almost overcome by a little puff of wind. 2. Behold, therefore,
Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ

Cross References
Job 30:28
I go about blackened, but not by the sun; I stand up in the assembly and cry for help.

Psalm 137:2
There on the poplars we hung our harps,

Isaiah 24:8
The joyful timbrels are stilled, the noise of the revelers has stopped, the joyful harp is silent.

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